Category archives for Geographical Analysis

Y-DNA SNP Database Characterization (FTDNA February 2019)

Vertical bar chart showing the five most densely sampled countries for Y-DNA: Ireland, Finland, UK, Norway, and Sweden.

Introduction As a DNA Project administrator, I am often asked how to interpret someone’s Y-DNA results in terms of the participants expectations and curiosity as to “what country do I come from?” One aspect that new participants in the field of genetic genealogy may not appreciate is the wide variance in how much DNA has […]

Dr Michael Hammer’s Presentation at FTDNA 2013

Dr Michael Hammer gave an interesting presentation at the FTDNA Conference today on R1b origins. Highlights included: Recent work on sibling Y haplogroup K suggests that R ancestors migrated out of Africa and into SouthEast Asia then moved back west into Anatolia. This implies changes are needed in the migration maps presented by FTDNA & […]

Scoop: M222 Could Originate in County Mayo

News flash from FTDNA Conference:   Dr  Miguel Vilar, who is the Science Manager for the Genographic Project, explained that the Genoraphic 2.0 project collected a lot of samples in Ireland this summer. Spencer Wells is supposed to be in County Mayo, Ireland to present results next week. Dr Vilar just used the phrase, “dozens […]

Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 Conference

An exciting event is planned for this coming weekend in Dublin, Ireland at the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 conference, October 18-20, 2013.   This event is being is the result of a collaboration between the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) and some great DNA project leaders like Dr. Maurice Gleeson.   To my knowledge, this […]